Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.

Particle Physics at Lund University is engaged in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC, both in data analysis and in the upgrade work for the high-luminosity LHC. A large emphasis in the data analysis is on Physics Beyond the Standard Model and its Dark Matter interpretation. The upgrade work is focused on the Silicon Inner Tracker. We are also preparing for a new Dark Matter experiment, LDMX, to search for Hidden Sector light Dark Matter.

The selected candidate is expected to take a leading role in setting up the detector lab for the ATLAS upgrade and studies to design and prepare for the LDMX experiment. If possible, the candidate is also welcome to participate in the analysis of the full run-2 data sets from ATLAS.

The selected candidate will actively participate in the supervision of PhD students. The research activities are located at the Department of Physics at Lund University. Visits to CERN and SLAC will be required.

Entry requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that you have a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. Good knowledge in spoken and written English is a requirement.

Basis of assessment
Prior experience in detector and analysis work in particle physics, collaborative skills in order to work in a large collaboration and scholarly proficiency are requirements for the employment. Programming skills in Python and C++ are of relevance for this position. You must show a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of your PhD dissertation and other publications. Please include a discussion on how you see the field of Particle Physics and the future directions it can take.

In addition to the above, the following set of criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates:

  • How the applicants describe the activities of this position
  • How the applicants describe their prior research activities
  • International experience
  • Results and distinctions that attest to the applicant's ability to do research
  • Ability to engage in activities that inform society at large about research
  • Evaluation of the applicants will take their experience, knowledge and personal qualities into consideration.
  • The applicants' ability to use their skills and experience to strengthen and supplement existing research activities will be also considered.

Application procedure
Please apply online via Lund University’s recruitment system. All documents (except reference-letters, see below) are to be uploaded in the recruitment system as pdf, word or similar files. You are also required to answer job specific questions if that is the first step of the application process.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter describing your interest in this position, including how you see your activities, if you are selected.
  2. A short description of your research activities up to now
  3. A CV with a copy of the exam certificate for the PhD
  4. A list of up to five relevant publications, stating your contribution.
  5. Three reference letters to be sent directly from referees to
  6. Other documents you wish to put forward.  
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible in accordance with agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/4203
  • Torsten Åkesson, Professor, +46 46 222 77 11,
  • My Geborek, HR-officer, +46 46 222 95 62,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 22.Dec.2017
Last application date 28.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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